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In search of Lord Jagannath’s Temporary Halts

History records several instances of idols from Hindu temples being shifted to safety. This shifting of idols was mainly due to attacks carried out by people believing in other faith. Yet another reason was natural calamities. The idols from PuriJagannathTemple had to be shifted several times fearing attacks and once it was kept for a long period at Gopali village in Sonetpur District of Orissa. This village is popularly known as Patali Srikhetra. This particular shifting has been mentioned in the temple manuscripts. The idols were kept underground near a ‘pipal tree’ in Patali Srikhetra. Scholars claim that the idols were kept here for more than four decades. After the first shifting, the idols were brought again to the village during another attack.Now the administration of PuriJagannathTemple is planning to conduct a detail study into these shifting of idols.